Canada: Prairie potato growers on edge because of hot weather

If the weather co-operates, Western Canada growers could retain their optimism about still producing a good crop this fall. It’s been a reversal of fortunes for Canada’s potato growers this year as last year’s dry season in the East moves west.

Chad Berry, president of the Keystone Potato Producers Association: “The crop looks decent. We just need some average weather. Just nice cool nights and some decent days and not a lot of big rains anymore. We’ve had a couple of big rains the last little bit here so guys are a little nervous to harvest.”

That doesn’t mean all Manitoba growers have escaped the heat that has plagued producers across the West, especially those farming on dryland. According to, it’s a circumstance that processors will be closely monitoring going into harvest season, particularly in Manitoba and Alberta.

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